Pike Ted Hughes Essay

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Pike Ted Hughes Choose a poem you studied recently which challenges the reader to view something familiar in a new and thought provoking way. Pike Ted Hughes Stanzas one to four of the poem are there to describe the Pike, its nature, what it looks like and it’s destiny in nature as a predator. The poet, Ted Hughes, in writing this poem challenges the reader to view nature in a totally new perspective by exploring the power and violence in it by using one animal in river life, the Pike, since the Pike is the supreme species of fish in river life he uses it to full extend to show the power and violence of nature. Hughes starts the poem with “Pike, three inches long, perfect” using this as a start to describing the…show more content…
“Silhouette of submarine delicacy and horror” Hughes uses juxtaposition in this line to show how terrifying it is to the river world but so delicate in our world. “A hundred feet long in their world” describing the Pike as its seen in the river world, even though so small in ours, in the river, it’s horrific, huge and deadly. “In ponds, under the heat-struck lily pads – Gloom of their stillness” the poet uses this to imagine what it is like in the river for the Pike lying in wait, using “gloom” Hughes sets the mood and the eeriness of the river the world. “Logged on last year’s black leaves, watching upwards, Or hung in an amber cavern of weeds” again the poet sets the scene of the Pike lying in wait, ready to strike upon it’s pray. “The jaws’ hooked clamp and fangs not to be changed to this date” using this to describe the pike’s power, reflecting potential for violence and that the pike is a killer and perfectly designed for killing. “A life subdued to it’s instrument” This meaning that its life is over-run by it’s instinct to kill, it’s role as a predator. As the poem appears to be separated into 3 sections, we move to the second section which seems to be about the poet’s personal anecdotes. Starting with describing where he came across them and the habitat they were kept in. “Three we kept behind glass, jungled in weed: three inches, four and four and
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